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British metal 3D printing specialist, Renishaw, has collaborated with nTopology, and research organization Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) to streamline the 3D printing of spinal implants. The metal implants made in the study mimic the structure of human bone and have lattice structures.
Ed Littlewood, Marketing Manager of Renishaw’s Medical and Dental Products Division, explained, “AM can be used to manufacture spinal implants with lattice structures, which cannot be achieved with conventional manufacturing techniques.”
IMPLANT - WITH - A - LATTICE - STRUCTURE
“AN IMPLANT WITH A LATTICE STRUCTURE IS LIGHTWEIGHT, CAN BE OPTIMIZED TO MEET THE REQUIRED LOADING CONDITIONS AND HAS A GREATER SURFACE AREA, WHICH CAN AID OSSEOINTEGRATION. AM IMPLANTS CAN BE DESIGNED TO MIMIC THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF BONE, RESULTING IN BETTER PATIENT OUTCOMES.”
Advanced manufacturing in Ireland
Dublin - IMR - Research - Organization - Enterprise
Based in Dublin, IMR is a not-for-profit independent research organization funded by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland under the Technology Centres programs. The purpose of the research organization is to develop advanced manufacturing technologies in Ireland. Its research interests include Internet of Things, cybersecurity, manufacturing informatics, and additive manufacturing.
On the collaboration with Renishaw, Sean McConnell, Senior Research Engineer at IMR, said, “Two years ago, AM in IMR was non-existent,”
THANKS - TO - ALL - THE - SUPPORT
“THANKS TO ALL THE SUPPORT WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM RENISHAW DEVELOPING SPINAL IMPLANTS AS WELL AS WORKING ON OTHER PROJECTS, WE HAVE UP-SKILLED OUR STAFF AND ARE NOW WELL ESTABLISHED IN THE AM SPACE.
Use of 3D printing technology in biomedical research is well documented. Renishaw itself has collaborated on various medical projects such as the maxillofacial surgery carried out at the University Hospital of Wales.
Case - Study - Renishaw - NTopology - IMR
In the latest case study Renishaw, nTopology and IMR partnered to streamline the process of 3D printing spinal implants.
nTopology’s Application Engineering Manager, Matt Rohr, said, “Traditional CAD tools weren’t built to design complex...
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